This course will focus upon the legal and policy issues raised by the development and functioning of intergovernmental organizations. It will encompass a course in United Nations law and a comparative study of international organizations. Issues relating to rulemaking, trusteeship, human rights, dispute settlement, and enforcement will be central to this course. It will consider, among other topics, the privileges and immunities of international organizations, relations between the United States and the United Nations, the past role of and future composition of the Security Council, and the recent restructuring of the U.N. human rights mechanisms.
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
- Define and correctly use the core vocabulary and concepts relevant for international organizations and global governance.
- Discuss various theories of international governance as they pertain to regional and global contexts.
- Identify and describe the major intergovernmental, non-governmental and transnational organizations that are participants in global relations.
- Describe and discuss international regimes distinct from international organizations.
- Compare and contrast various IGOs, NGOs and transnational organizations with respect to their structures, functions and activities.
- Discuss the United Nations’ effectiveness with respect to addressing global issues such as armed conflict, human rights and environmental crises.
- Evaluate the conceptual material in light of global realities through the exploration of case studies.